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Alice doesn't believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she's been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes. At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy's father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy's newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall. As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined . . . and about the unexpected ways in which luck -- -- Kirkus ReviewsIsla and the Happily Ever After and love sometimes intersect.
Publisher: London : Macmillan Children's Books, 2017
ISBN: 9780399559389
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 volume)

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Mar 12, 2018

Another great book by Ms. Smith. When Alice buys a lottery ticket for her best friend, Teddy, it changes their lives in more than one way. Teddy never saw what Alice wrote in the card she gave him so he does not know how she really feels. When the ticket makes Teddy the youngest ever to win the lottery, their lives change in more than one way. Like all lottery winners, Teddy buys things he has only dreamed about, a car, extravagant dinners, gives money away, people call asking for money, his gambling dad returns, and things just do not go well. Teddy has ideas of what he wants to do with the rest of the money but with a little help from Alice, and a trip to Stanford, he finally figures it out. Can two best friends get back to normal or some sense of normal before it is too late?

Feb 05, 2018

I’ve lost my faith in contemporary books by new authors, since I’ve read so many that have failed. But “Windfall” was perfect. It was just what I wanted to read, about a trio of friends that break and bond after winning a lottery ticket. It’s not exactly exciting or different, but the relationships crafted out between every character made me feel warm, with their authenticity. You can tell the author has put her heart and soul into the phrases, that aren’t full of prose but have a deep meaning to them. The general style gave this book a star quality and the characters were all loveable and stay with you for a long time! Definitely recommend! 4/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library


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